Category Archives: Technique

5 Steps to Becoming a Better Cook

How does one become a better cook?  Well, cook more, for one, but there’s more to it than that: 1.  Observe Closely When was the last time you REALLY observed what was going on when you were last cooking or … Continue reading

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How to Shape a Boulé

Instead of doing a Wordless Wednesday today, I thought I’d do a little how-to.  If you’ve never made bread at home, you should make some soon, because there are few things better than pulling out a freshly baked hot loaf … Continue reading

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Soppressata, Red Onion, and Arugula Pizza (With the Perfect Crust)

Everyone knows that 90% of a pizza’s “mmm factor”  is contingent on the quality of the crust.  Anyone can put good toppings on a pizza, but if the crust is bad, it won’t taste good.  With that said, this post … Continue reading

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How to Make Your Own Brown Sugar

I usually do a good job of keeping everything in my pantry stocked up, but there came a time when I ran out of brown sugar.  I thought, eek!  What now?  I needed that chewiness that the molasses content in … Continue reading

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Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Without An Ice Cream Machine

As I promised last week, here is a post on how to make french vanilla ice cream at home, no ice cream machine required.  This is basically a spin on a semifreddo, which I have made so many times I … Continue reading

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Cracked Pepper Gougeres (Addictive Little Cheese Puffs)

I LOVE GOUGERES.  I also loving saying gougeres, but I realize that I’m typing this and you can’t hear me.  Otherwise you might hear me scream “GOUGERES GOUGERES GOUGERES!” over and over again for 3 hours.  Or actually, only 1 … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: How to Chop an Onion Like A Professional Chef

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